Garvin Heights Vineyards

About

Our winery and vineyards are protected from the highway with a shelter belt of tree and bushes which afford an ideal spot of birds and wildlife. Take time when visiting the winery to enjoy our many birds including the Bluebirds which use a series of managed houses along Garvin Heights Road. Spend a long weekend in Winona to enjoy Garvin Heights Vineyards’ wines, attend the Great River Shakespeare Festival or the Minnesota Beethoven Festival and visit the Minnesota Marine Art Museum. Winona is a small friendly city with many surprises. While on Garvin Heights, visit the Scenic Lookout to view the entire city of Winona from one panoramic viewpoint. We are also only a few miles north of Rushford and the Root River with its extensive system of trails for walking, biking, and canoeing. The many small streams in the bluff lands of southeast Minnesota offer some of the best trout fishing in the upper Midwest. Winona is also hosts three colleges (WSU, SMU, SEMN Tech) and is the headquarters for several global companies. While in Winona, enjoy our many historic homes built during the height of the lumbering era. Enjoy horses, then the Minnesota Equestrian Center is for you. It is just down the road from the winery.

Location Description

Located on the scenic bluffs above the Mississippi River city of Winona, MN.

Features

  • Minnesota’s Most Scenic Winery.

Additional Information

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Average Bottle Price

$ 16.00

History

The winery at Garvin Heights Vineyards was opened in 2007.

Practices & Techniques

We ferment the grape varieties separately and where desirable, blend those wines to make the many selections we offer our customers. All fermentation is done in stainless tanks. Selected wines are finished in small oak barrels made in Minnesota from “Minnesota Oak“. Where possible we keep those grapes grown in Minnesota separate so that their wines can carry the Minnesota Grown label.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Garvin Heights Vineyards produces wine from cold climate grapes that we grow on farm located on the bluff above the city of Winona, Minnesota on the Mississippi River. We also purchase grapes from growers in both Minnesota and Wisconsin located in the Upper Mississippi River Valley American Viticulture Area.

Awards

2013 International Cold Climate Wine Competition (St. Paul, MN)IMG_9958

Silver Medal: GHV La Crescent
Silver Medal: GHV Frontenac Rosé
2013 Mid-American Wine Competition (Des Moines, IA)

Gold Medal (our first gold): GHV La Crescent paired with Easy Baked Trout
Silver Medal: GHV Marquette Rosé paired with Smoked Pork Ribs
Bronze Medal: GHV Frontenac Rosé paired with Sauteed Shrimp and Spicy Remoulade Sauce
Bronze Medal: Bluff Country Blush paired with Strawberries with Crème AnglaisIMG_9950
2011 International Cold Climate Wine Competition (St. Paul, MN)

Silver Medal: Riverport White (Frontenac Gris Port)
Silver Medal: GHV Frontenac
Bronze Medal: GHV La Crescent
Bronze Medal: GHV Marquettes
2011 Mid-American Wine Competition (Des Moines, IA)

Silver Medal: Riverport Rosé dessert wine (Marquette Rose Port)
Silver Medal: GHV Marquette Rosé paired with Smoked Pork Ribs
Bronze Medal: GHV Frontenac paired with Marinated Flank Steak
2010 International Cold Climate Wine Competition (St. Paul, MN)

Silver Medal: Raspberry
Silver Medal: GHV Marquette Rosé
Bronze Medal: GHV St. Croix
Bronze Medal: GHV Edelweiss
2010 Mid-American Wine Competition (Des Moines, IA)

Bronze Medal: Raspberry
Bronze Medal: GHV Edelweiss
2009 International Cold Climate (St. Paul, MN) Wine Competition

Bronze Medal: Raspberry
Bronze Medal: GHV St. Croix
MGGA Gold Award (February 13, 2010)

In recognition of Dr. Marvin Seppanen for his advancement of northern viticulture. This award was for the work by Linda and Marvin Seppanen to establish the Upper Mississippi River Valley American Viticulture Area (AVA). The AVA spans the driftless region along the Mississippi River in four states: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois.

2010 Small Business Achievement Award (May 20, 2010)

Presented by the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce. Marvin Seppanen served on the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors 2011-2013.

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Hours

Tue - Sun: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Address

2255 Garvin Heights Road
Winona, Minnesota 55987
United States

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